European Maritime and Fisheries Fund; application for funding.

The Free State of Bavaria supports investments in commercial pond management and fishing from its own funds and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF 2014 - 2021).

The application period ended on 31.12.2021. Until the end of 2023, the applications received until then will be approved or settled.

A successor program is expected to start in the second half of 2022.

Description

Purpose and object

The EMFF 2014 - 2021 supports pond farmers and commercial fishermen to implement productive investments in their businesses, e.g. new construction or modernization of pond facilities, construction of farm buildings, purchase of machinery and equipment for production or processing and marketing of fish and fish products. Likewise, the development of the so-called fishery areas is supported. These are certain regions that are particularly characterized by pond farming and in which Fisheries Local Action Groups have been formed to implement local development strategies.

The aim is to promote sustainable, competitive and innovative aquaculture and inland fishing in Bavaria.

Recipients of funding

Eligible applicants are

  • Fish farming enterprises (proof of commercial pond farming/fishing must be submitted).
  • Commercial enterprises in the processing and treatment of fish industry products
  • Fisheries associations and organizations

Type and amount

The grant is awarded as a subsidy or allocation (project funding) by way of share funding. In the case of conversion to organic aquaculture, the grant is awarded as a fixed amount (compensation for additional costs or loss of income).

As a rule, the subsidy rate is 50%. In the case of measures carried out by public institutions or collective beneficiaries, an increase in the subsidy rate is possible.

The grant is limited to a total grant of max. EUR 250,000 per beneficiary. This ceiling can be exhausted at most once in the EMFF program.

Prerequisites

Support for a project is subject to the condition that the economic viability of the project appears assured. Suitable documents must be submitted for evaluation, which also show that the sales volumes can be achieved on a sustainable basis. The following cases are exempt from this requirement:

  • Investments related to animal health and welfare, including the purchase of equipment to protect breeding facilities against wild predators,
  • Investments that improve safety, hygiene, health and working conditions,
  • Investments in the stability of pond dams during floods,
  • Projects to improve water supply and water treatment, including aeration to safeguard production.

Procedure

Grants must be applied for in writing using the official forms from the granting authority (= State Management Academy for Food, Agriculture and Forestry). A separate grant application must be submitted for each area of action (numbers of the guideline). The application must be accompanied by a detailed list of the planned measures or investments with corresponding offers or a well-founded cost estimate.

Aquaculture sector (incl. direct marketing)

For applications in the area of aquaculture, the second stage of the selection procedure will be applied as of October 15, 2019, with the following procedure:

  • Applications may be submitted until the specified application deadlines in each case.
  • All applications that have been received in full by the granting authority by the application deadline and are eligible in principle will be awarded points based on specific selection criteria.
  • Applications will be ranked according to the number of points achieved. Applications with high scores will be given priority over applications with lower scores until the budget available for that selection round is exhausted.
  • Incomplete applications and applications not selected due to exceeding the budget will be rejected.
  • Rejected applications may be resubmitted at the next application deadline, provided the project is not started.

Deadlines

The application period ended on December 31, 2021.

Applications received by the end of 2023 will be approved or settled.

A successor program is expected to start in the second half of 2022.

Required documents

  • The following documents, if applicable, must be submitted with the grant application:

    • Proof of the size of the farm according to No. 2.3 of the application (proof of area or proof of sale, income statement, surplus statement, documents from the fishery producers' ring).
    • Detailed list of planned investments with offers or well-founded cost estimate (e.g. according to DIN 276)
    • Offers / cost estimate / market survey, if applicable (for form, see "Forms")
    • Confirmation of equity capital / credit balance from the bank, if more than 50,000 EUR equity capital is planned
    • Declaration of willingness to grant credit (if financing by loan)
    • In the case of companies/associations/associations: Articles of association, excerpt from the commercial register, statutes
    • For projects over EUR 250,000: Economic appraisal by an independent, qualified body
    • For all pond construction measures:

      • Digitised proof of area
      • Statement from the lower nature conservation authority if the pond area is located in a nature conservation area or FFH area or if there are legally protected biotopes on the affected properties.
      • Opinion of the expert advice for fishery, if total costs exceed 20,000 €.
      • For new pond construction: water law permit
    • If necessary, statement from specialist authorities (for form, see "Forms")

    • For structural investments, including new pond construction

      • Site plan (scale at least 1:5000) for the project
      • Construction documents (construction plan, building permit, water law approval; if applicable, area and room calculation according to DIN 277 and cost calculation according to DIN 276)
      • For building projects without a permit: Notification to the district administrative authority as well as clear sketch with description of use.
    • For vehicles: proof of the production volume of the last 3 years (area, produced quantity)

    • For recirculation systems: statement by the Institute for Fisheries, Starnberg

    • In the case of a newly established aquaculture enterprise:

      • Proof of appropriate professional qualification
      • Business plan according to No. 3.1 in the "Leaflet on the EMFF - funding application 2014-2020" (for sample see "Forms")
    • in the case of investments in marketing:

      • Project description with presentation of the planned turnover from own and third-party products.
      • Evidence of previous turnover from own and, if applicable, third-party products (bookkeeping or other suitable documents; if applicable, evidence from tax advisor).
    • Plan for diversification

      • Business plan for the new activity
      • Proof of professional qualification for the new activity (only for inland fisheries)
      • Proof that the project is not supported by other programmes (diversification support for agriculture; business support).

Forms

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Zuwendungen im Rahmen des Europäischen Meeres- und Fischereifonds (EMFF) - Standardformular
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Zuwendungen im Rahmen des Europäischen Meeres- und Fischereifonds (EMFF) - Formular Umstellung auf ökologische Aquakultur
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    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Anlagenverzeichnis zum EMFF-Förderantrag Aquakultur
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    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Zuwendungen im Rahmen des Europäischen Meeres- und Fischereifonds (EMFF) - Formular Fischwirtschaftsgebiete
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Nachweis der Markterkundung im Rahmen der EMFF-Förderung
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Stellungnahme der Fachberatung für Fischerei des Bezirks für eine Teichbaumaßnahme mit Gesamtkosten > 20.000 EUR
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: EMFF-Dokumentation einer öffentlichen Auftragsvergabe
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: EMFF-Dokumentation einer Freihändigen Vergabe
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Vergabeliste für öffentliche Auftraggeber (EMFF)
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

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Status: 02.02.2022

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten

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